The 1996 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon (lower than recent vintages), 33% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot (that usually goes into Leoville-Las Cases), aged for 12-14 months in a less proportion of new French oak. It is less oaky, less extracted than the grand vin, and possibly more St-Julien in typicality. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth entry, plenty of crisp and pure black fruit laced with cedar, harmonious and long. This can be an excellent wine in good vintages. Much of the wine that goes into the Clos du Marquis comes from the vines closer to Chateau Talbot, together with the fruit of younger vines and declassified lots of Leoville las Cases.